Jonathan Becher is president of Sharks Sports & Entertainment, the parent organization for the NHL San Jose Sharks, the AHL San Jose Barracada, three Sharks Ice facilities, and the non-profit Sharks Foundation. A long-time Sharks fan and season ticket holder, Becher has a particular focus on the end-to-end customer experience and technology that can improve fan engagement.
Prior to joining Sharks Sports & Entertainment, Becher spent a decade at SAP in at SAP in a variety of senior roles, including Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Digital Officer. While CMO, he oversaw many of SAP’s large-scale sports and entertainment partnerships, including the naming rights agreement for the SAP Center at San Jose. Becher has also crafted corporate partnerships with the San Francisco 49ers, the National Hockey League (NHL), and the National Basketball Association (NBA), among others.
A three-time CEO, Becher is a frequent speaker at technology industry events, and is a regularly published author on a variety of topics, including the popular blog Manage By Walking Around http://jonathanbecher.com. His management philosophy centers on aligning execution with strategy and respecting the impact of culture on business.
Becher was named by Forbes Magazine as one of the world’s most influential CMOs, most social CMO in The Huffington Post, and a top CxO on Twitter by Social Media Marketing Magazine. He is the Board Chair for the Churchill Club, Silicon Valley’s premier business and technology forum, and is the sole independent Board Member of both Trintech, the leading cloud-based financial Record to Report (R2R) solutions, and Pixlee, the leading visual platform for user-generated content. He is also an adviser to several early-stage companies.
Becher holds a master’s degree in computer science from Duke University in North Carolina, and a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from the University of Virginia.